To those who are deft, skilled, and experienced joint rollers: I salute you! And, frankly, I envy you. Admittedly, I’m a poor excuse for a ladystoner on this one point: I am terrible at rolling. But I do love to try, and I love to watch others’ techniques. One thing I have learned: everyone has a paper preference. From the flavored the cellulose to the hemp, there’s a paper variety for each and every stoner. The trick is finding which one suits you best.
Hey, there’s berry-flavored herb; why not berry-flavored papers? While some stoners think a strain’s flavor should stand on its own, many stoners love flavored papers and the added dimension they add to a smoking experience. According to Juicy Jay’s, a leading maker of flavored papers, smoking from these papers creates “a mellowing effect to those strong tasting herbs and make them more enjoyable to smoke.”
I recommend using these if you don’t have top-notch weed and your stash could really use a little something extra. Try a few combinations before dismissing the concept or settling on a flavor. And pick a flavored paper that would complement your strain. Smoking some orange crush? Pair it with “Peaches ‘N Cream” for a fuzzy naval. Or pair mango kush with “Coconut” for a tropical flavor. Anyhow, you get the idea: it’s not for purists, but it sure is fun to try.
Why not smoke weed from … hemp? Makes perfect sense, right? I’m a fan of hemp papers, and anything hemp, really. It’s an incredible fiber. Hemp papers can range from the thick to the thin, and vary in sizes. I got hooked on these Bob Marley “Cigarette Papers” when I was in Jamaica. But there are many other brands, as well. A great one is RAW, which sells unbleached, organic hemp papers. If Earth-conscious decisions are important to you, try hemp rolling papers. So much better than chopping down a tree for a smoke!
These papers have gained serious popularity in the past few years. Although negative rumors initially surrounded them (people thought they were smoking plastic), clear rolling papers are made from biodegradable natural cellulose. They are vegetable-based, odorless, and chemical-free. According to RollingPapers.net, “They burn quite well and very different then a normal white paper. They sort of compact around your cigarette as you are smoking and therefore provide a very tight pull. It’s quite unlike smoking a normal cigarette. They also have a sweet taste on the lips.”
One reason stoners really love these papers (other than the fact that they look 100% badass) is that they are typically slow-burning, so your J lasts longer, and less pot goes to waste. A few popular brands of clear rolling papers include: JOB Crystal, Trip, and Red Tape.
Wood Pulp Papers
When I think “rolling papers,” I think Zig-Zags. They are a classic stoner standby! I learned to roll using these papers. Zig-Zags are made from wood pulp and flax and come in five sizes. I usually purchase them in single wide or 1¼. Incredibly, Zig-Zag’s website has a whole section on why they use traditional wood-pulp paper for their product. Before you blow off wood-pulp paper, here’s what Zig-Zag has to say: “The plant materials ZIG-ZAG selects for its papers are chosen for their resistance and thinness, with total respect for nature. For instance, ZIG-ZAG only selects wood from carefully controlled logging operations, in the context of sustainable forest management.” Sounds pretty groovy, if you ask me!
Who hasn’t rolled using a pack of E-Z Widers? Well, surprise, surprise, they aren’t made from wood pulp. They’re made from rice! According to RollingPaperDepot.com: “These fine, French papers come from the European factories in Belgium. Each product is high quality and as good as the last. They are not too thin or too thick, making them easy to roll for beginners. They burn clean with minimal ash. E-Z Wider rolling papers are some of the most popular rolling papers on the market, known worldwide for their quality rice rolling paper. You won’t find a more even burn.”
I’m a fan of E-Z Wider’s 1¼, but other popular rice papers include: Elements and Smoking De Luxe.
For those with butter fingers, arthritis, ridiculously long fingernails, or otherwise subpar rolling skills, don’t fret: rolling cones are here to save you! Cones are essentially pre-rolled joints. All you have to do is add herb and enjoy. On the downside, these tend to be more pricey than regular rolling papers, but then again: they are error-proof, and you won’t waste 10 papers trying to perfect your joint-rolling skills. If you are taking marijuana for medicinal reasons, cones are great because they are the same every time, so you can better control your dosage.
Thanks to Rolling Paper Depot for these easy cone-packing steps: (1) Set aside the tobacco or medical herbs that you want to use (2) Stuff it in the cone (3) Pack it gently (not too tight) using a pen or another tamping device (4) Twist the wide end of the cone to close it up (5) You’re done!